Connolly Elementary School fifth-grader Lily Knobel is the winner of a national writing contest, sponsored by Scholastic Storyworks magazine.
Lily and other students in Frank Monteleone’s class read an article based on a play entitled "Duckling" published in the Scholastic magazine. In the story, characters treated the ‘Ugly Duckling’ cruelly and Lily and her classmates were asked to write an explanation of how the Ugly Duckling learns to accept himself.
In her congratulatory letter to Lily, Storyworks Assistant Editor Lauren Maganizer thanked Lily for her “thoughtful piece” and praised her on her use of evidence from the play to support her idea. For her award-winning entry, Lily received a copy of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, a book about an 11-year-old girl with a photographic memory who is unable to walk, talk or write.
Lily is seen here with the book, being congratulated by Mr. Monteleone and Connolly School Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky. This is the second time in three years that one of Mr. Monteleone’s students has won this national award.